Hiking and cycling safetly

— Metro Creative ServicesJune 18, 2013 

Outdoor enthusiasts typically cannot wait to get outside and make the most of a beautiful day. But in their haste to enjoy the great outdoors, men and women can easily overlook safety precautions that protect them from potential hazards. Here are a few tips for enjoying the outdoors.

Cycling

Cyclists must always be on alert for those with whom they are sharing the road. While many motorists respect cyclists, there are some who see cyclists as a nuisance. Cyclists are oftentimes at the mercy of motorists, so it pays to stay as attentive as possible. Never listen to an MP3 player or another music player while riding a bike. Such a distraction could prove deadly if it takes your attention away from the road. Alertness is important when cycling, as are the following precautionary measures:

Always wear a helmet and reflective clothing that makes it easy for motorists to see you.

Obey the traffic laws.

Always ride with traffic.

Inspect your bicycle and address any mechanical issues before each ride.

Hiking

Hikers should never hike on poorly developed trails or trails that are too difficult for them to handle, and they should have at least a basic understanding of the symptoms of altitude sickness. Always share your route with friends or family members before embarking on a hiking trip. This protects you if you should get lost or injured and you need a rescue team to find you. Hikers should also pack the following supplies before hitting the trails:

Compass

Flashlight and extra batteries

Whistle and signal mirror

Map of the park that includes the trails you plan to hike

Waterproof matches

First aid kit

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